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How to Claw Back a Sign-On Bonus

With unemployment reaching historic lows, companies are increasingly using “sign-on” bonuses to win over prospective talent. These are typically one-time payments offered to potential hires, used to incentivize them to join your company. Most are contingent upon the new employee working for the company for a minimum amount of time, typically a year.
 

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IRS Releases New Form W-4

The wait is over. After months of speculation, the IRS has finally released the newest version of the Form W-4—the tax form that employees fill out to indicate how much federal income tax should be withheld from their paychecks.
 

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New York Considers Ditching Income Taxes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled a proposal that has left the payroll community on alert—and some lawmakers scratching their heads.
 

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What Tax Reform Means for Payroll

On December 22, President Trump signed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, making good on a campaign promise to overhaul the U.S. tax code. The law marks the most substantial tax reforms since the Reagan administration and a substantial win for Congressional Republicans heading into the new year.
 

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Your 2018 Federal & State Tax Tool

It’s not the flashiest part of your job, but it’s core: payroll. Paying your people accurately is the bare minimum your employees expect—and unfortunately, it's also one of the hardest things to get right. For multistate employers especially, payroll tax compliance ranks as the hardest part of HR’s job.
 

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DOL Considering Automatic Updates for Overtime Rules

If you view overtime reform as a partisan issue, remarks from Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta may give you reason to reconsider. Per a recent Bloomberg report, the Department of Labor (DOL) head told business leaders that he was leaning towards tying the minimum salary for overtime exemption to inflation. The news closely follows the agency’s surprise appeal of the court injunction that halted last year’s overtime rule changes.
 

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New York Set to Require ‘Predictive’ Scheduling

For better or worse, work is anything but predictable. New York is looking to change that.
 

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Are Employees Due Extra Pay on Holidays?

While working at the office this Thanksgiving might spare you from dinner table drama, does it also entitle you to extra compensation?
 

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How to Switch an Employee from Salaried to Hourly

As the old saying goes, change is hard. That’s especially true when it comes to payroll, and changing between the country’s two most popular pay types: salary and hourly. Let’s walk through the process of reclassifying your employees.
 

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IRS Releases 2018 Contribution Limits

Another year, another set of contribution limits for payroll professionals to memorize. Earlier this month, the IRS published new limits for a number of pretax employee benefits.